In the newly landscaped courtyard garden of the Williamson Art Gallery, Brigitte Jurack has placed large multi-coloured and highly patterned sculptures, one on the floor and one raised off the ground by the brick wall.
Inspired by Oxton Road, one of the most culturally diverse roads in Wirral, Brigitte Jurack’s new work is made up of highly patterned multi-coloured sculptures. The road is home to the much-loved Iranian fruit seller K&K, the new Thai food store, Polish and International food shops, the popular record shop Skeleton and numerous charity, hardware, model-making and electrical shops.
The multi-coloured and modern, audacious, vibrant ‘rock’ sculpture is solid enough to sit. It is a cross between jazz, Acid House, the Singh Twin’s decorative work and Peter Blake’s Dazzle Ferry. It is bright and glossy, with a similar feel to Della Robbia Pottery that it will contrast beautifully with the stone tones of the hard landscaping in the new Green Gallery.
Jurack’s other recent projects in Wirral are displayed in the company of the rock, raised up over viewers’ heads pulling focus back to community groups around Birkenhead.
Her career started studying sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea College of Art. As co-founder of international performance group Foreign Investment Jurack has exhibited widely, including time as Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow, shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize and exhibitions/projects in Rio de Janeiro, Kiev, Oslo and New Delhi.
The gallery is the latest addition to the Williamson Art Gallery’s exhibition space, launched in June 2018, and occupied for the first time by Brigitte Jurack for Independents Biennial 2018.
Visitors to the gallery for the commission will also see a major exhibition by Tom Wood and Cian Quayle as part of the festival.
14 July – 28 October